Category Archives: Drawings

Dolores Slowinski

Dolores Slowinski is an artist who draws with thread on paper. The Detroit-based artist uses an industrial machine to make random perforations and hand sews straight line stitches to create the images. On an interview with World of Threads Festival she says this about her inspiration:

“My process and life experiences are my inspiration. I work intuitively. I begin by selecting a piece of paper. The paper itself can inspire my response by its colour, texture or size. The shapes outlined by the perforations may also elicit a response. My background in science, experiences as a writer, not to mention events in my life, bring many words to mind as I am working. Sometimes I pause to do research online to find out where the stitches and words are taking me, and this usually pays off with a title.”

You can follow the artist on her website and on Facebook.

Images: Courtesy of Dolores Slowinski.

Gunta Stölzl (1897 – 1983)

If money was no object, these textile studies by Gunta Stölzl would hang on our walls.  The German textile designer and weaver played a fundamental role in the development of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop. Her work typifies the distinctive style of Bauhaus textiles. She created immense change within the textile field by uniting art practices with traditional textile techniques. She was the only woman to teach at the Bauhaus and became the first woman Master at the school. She has also written a book covering her teaching tenure called, “Gunta Stölzl: Bauhaus Master”.

Images: Courtesy of guntastölzl.org.

Sissel Blystad

For four decades Sissel Blystad has been a central figure within Scandinavian textile arts. She creates large scale tapestries and shaped textiles using bright colorful hand-dyed wool fiber on board. She is also one of the first textile artist to incorporate digital rendering as composition guide. Much of her ‘drawings with thread’ is abstract built on repetition of small elements. The artist who lives and works in Oslo was educated at the Crafts and Arts School and Bergen Handicrafts School.

Images: Courtesy of Sissel Blystad.